Experimental Archaeology WorkshopPrint


Duration: about 1h45

Available activities
: demonstration and experimentation of stone knapping, fire-making, making of glue and rope; heating liquids; hunting activities, realization of engravings in slate.

Booking must be done in advance, through the following contacts:
Tel:  +351 279 768 260
Fax: +351 279 768 270
e-mail: visitas@arte-coa.pt

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General Information

Recovering everyday gestures and techniques that are long lost, experimental archeology is one of the most important ways of approaching prehistoric mentalities.

Since its creation, the Archaeological Park has conducted research on the archaeological contexts of rock art, through the identification, excavation and study of the remains left by human communities who recorded the rocky panels of the banks of the river Côa. Several camp sites were identified, some associated with hunting and the gathering of raw material, as well as sites where stone artifacts were made, related to the daily lives of men who lived in the Côa valley during the period known as Upper Paleolithic (in this region located between 30 000 and 12 000 years before present). With these data, an Experimental Archaeology Workshop was developed that seeks to communicate this knowledge to visitors.

Archaeological research has always sought to recover from the ground traces of human activities, cataloging, studying and exposing them to the public. More recently, Archaeology has been moving toward reconstituting the old ways of life in  various facets, testing several interpretative hypotheses. One of these facets is the knowledge of how ancient artifacts were produced and what is their real function. Hence comes Experimental Archaeology.

The Experimental Archaeology Workshop developed by the Archaeological Park and Côa Museum settles on a dual concern: on one hand, it attempts to answer questions posed by archaeological research. Secondly, being an appealing and educational means of transmission of knowledge, it seeks to explain to the visitors how knowledge is constructed in archeology and how were created and manipulated domestic, hunting, gathering, or cutting artifacts, or even the artifacts for the engraving of rock art motifs in the panels of the Côa valley.

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